Happy Wednesday! Today I’m talking about a few things I’ve learned along the way of self-pubbing my first book, The Glass Gargoyle. Six things…more or less, kinda sorta ;). Please add your own!
1) Research and planning is necessary. Back in March 2014 I decided I wanted to have more control over my work, so I decided I was going to self-publish. In a year. Yes, you can slap anything up on Amazon in less than 20 minutes. But DON’T do it. Your building a career here- take your time do it right. I hunted down lots of sources of info during my year, I also found editors, artists and started the second book, The Obsidian Chimera. Favorite book is Write.Publish.Repeat. Awesome- go buy it!
2) Set deadlines. I told myself ONE YEAR. Now, I barely made it, the book came out March 25, 2015. But I did make it ;). Having a deadline was huge and kept me running for it.
3) Plan for way more time than you think things will take. EVERYTHING takes longer than you think. Plan your time and double it. Seriously.
4) Be prepared for some folks to sneer. Self-publishing is moving forward, but there are still snarky folks out there. Smile, move on, and get them the heck out of your life as much as possible.
5) DO IT RIGHT. Hire editors, even if you have a Ph. D in English- find great editors to work with! Line up some awesome beta readers too- they are worth their weight in gold. Learn how to work with edits and critiques to keep your voice, but strengthen the book. Hire artists too. Yes, judging a book by its’ cover is “bad” but people do. I do. You do. Your readers do. Find the best artist you can afford.
6) Accept shit will go wrong. Lots of it. Constantly. Like all the time. You will be putting out fires on a lot of fronts. Some you can fix, some you can’t. Know when you have done your best to present a professional book and move on. If having a few typos, etc is good enough for the big NY publishers, it’s good enough for us. Besides, you will always find one more problem. Fix them as you can, then start playing “Let It Go!” from Frozen on repeat.
This experience has been life changing-seriously. I think about everything differently now. And I wouldn't change it.